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Art of the humblebrag? Social media allows us to test new social norms

Art of the humblebrag? Social media allows us to test new social norms | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
So, you finally ran your first marathon. Do you rush online to share the big news with friends and followers on your social networks? How much proud and enthusiastic gushing is endearing and how much is too much?
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"For the average person, I think these (social media) channels are really good because it gives them that valve, that place of release, to talk about their lives and share with whoever it is that wants to connect," Joel says.


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Barenaked Ladies' SeaWorld gig canceled

Barenaked Ladies' SeaWorld gig canceled | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
Barenaked Ladies have nixed their plans to play at SeaWorld after viewing CNN's "Blackfish" documentary.
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The decision to cancel the Canadian rock band's performance came two days after drummer Tyler Stewart posted a tweet saying the group is "looking at options" after viewing the documentary.

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How Apps and Social Media Will Color Black Friday

How Apps and Social Media Will Color Black Friday | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
Social media and mobile applications reportedly have an outsize influence on shopping behavior — and many companies have shaped their online experiences accordingly in the last few years.
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Retailers who offer things like Wi-Fi or the ability to order out of stock items while in the store will attract more people,.

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Finding music in trash: Paraguay children play Mozart out of instruments from garbage

Finding music in trash: Paraguay children play Mozart out of instruments from garbage | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
CATEURA, Paraguay (AP) — The sounds of a classical guitar come from two big jelly cans. Used X-rays serve as the skins of a thumping drum set. A battered aluminum salad bowl and strings tuned with...
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The community of Cateura could not be more marginalized. But the music coming from garbage has some families believing in a different future for their children.

 

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Can the internet of things help us think outside the box?

Can the internet of things help us think outside the box? | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
Smart objects and smart cities, where a data infrastructure is woven into the physical and social infrastructures, could change the relationship between people and technology, unleashing us from the smartphone screen...
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Generally people are comfortable exchanging some information for utility, providing it won't be used for anything else.

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Social Anxiety in the Age of Social Networks - Association for Psychological Science

Social Anxiety in the Age of Social Networks - Association for Psychological Science | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
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Individuals who suffer from social anxiety and low self-esteem have a lot to gain from using SNS. Yet, paradoxically, these individuals are less likely to do so.

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Boys, Girls and Media Messages in a digital world.

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Media messages play a powerful role in shaping gender norms, and the shift toward social media means that kids can easily access, create, interact with, and share media messages about boys’ and girls’ roles.

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Defining and Describing Media Psychology - harmonydesain.com ...

Defining and Describing Media Psychology - harmonydesain.com ... | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
The Media Psychology Effect Psychology Today: Here to HelpExamining psychology through media by Dr. Bernard Luskin Media Psychology – a specialty in psychology, communication and technology. Ten years ago I ...
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Media psychology research involves the study of media effects and particularly sensory and cognitive processes. 

 

 

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Um...Is It Okay to Sell "Sexy" to a 3-Year Old Now?

Um...Is It Okay to Sell "Sexy" to a 3-Year Old Now? | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
Remember Candy Land? Bet you don't remember Princess Folly being sexy or Queen Frostine being busty and wearing fishnets!
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Three year olds aren’t buying board games, it’s absolutely up to adults to have some sense and refuse to buy this stuff.

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Why you should be funny on social media

Why you should be funny on social media | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
Humor nabs people’s attention and, when it’s done right, can make the moments where you aim to make sincere connections land better.
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Having your brand seem more like an interesting person than a pushy salesman can make real connections with social-media users, who are fine-tuned for detecting fakery.

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“Consult your physician immediately if . . .” - Association for Psychological Science

“Consult your physician immediately if . . .” - Association for Psychological Science | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
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Why would dire warnings boost anyone’s trust in a product? Well, the scientists theorize that the warnings can have an ironic effect of boosting trust under certain circumstances. 

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Do PSAs Change Behavior?

Do PSAs Change Behavior? | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
While research may question the correlation between Public Service Advertisements (PSAs) and behavior change, organizations seem undeterred.
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PSAs are good for building awareness and putting names to issues, but when your cause attempts to influence its audience to stop rather than adopt, systems thinking and service design will likely make a more lasting impact by helping better address the root need. 

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Is social media bad for your finances? - The Week Magazine

Is social media bad for your finances? - The Week Magazine | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
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Is social media bad for your finances?
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sing social media is a great way to find deals. You can follow your favorite brands on Twitter for up-to-the-second updates about sales and promotions, for example.
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"It turns out that we struggle with relative comparisons and money," Richards writes. "Instead of focusing on what’s in our best interest, we compare ourselves with others and act accordingly."

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Beyond marketing the moment: how immersive media will fuel engagement

Beyond marketing the moment: how immersive media will fuel engagement | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
Advances in technology mean fully immersive br...
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It might sound far-fetched but immersive media storytelling – engaging consumers with sight, sound, touch, smell and even taste – is going to become a reality within the next five years.

 
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Mazda

Mazda | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
The creation, manufacturing and marketing of exciting cars doesn't happen by accident. It happens...
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Mazda joins the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign this year through their Mazda Drive for Good campaign.

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65% of Nonprofits Are Producing More Content Than a Year Ago [New Data]

65% of Nonprofits Are Producing More Content Than a Year Ago [New Data] | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
Here are a dozen takeaways from the Content Marketing Institute's report on nonprofit marketing.
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Face of Obamacare website deals with cyberbullying.

Face of Obamacare website deals with cyberbullying. | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
The former face of the troubled Obamacare website has a message: Don't blame me. The woman whose smiling face one adorned the home front of the oft-mocked website tells ABC's Good Morning America:
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Cyberbullying is NEVER acceptable. But did no one anticipate the public's reaction after being served bad information about Obamacare and the rollout of a poorly designed website?
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Driven to distraction: Have we lost the ability to focus on a single task?

Driven to distraction: Have we lost the ability to focus on a single task? | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
The little girl's head only came up to her mother's waist as she hugged her mum, and held on fiercely as they rode a ferry to a holiday island.
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Today's children are growing up in a new reality, one where they are attuning more to machines and less to people than has ever been true in human history. 

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How will we handle the new technologies for car dashboards

How will we handle the new technologies for car dashboards | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
Automobile interfaces are changing fast. A look at the past present and future of the driving experience.
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"A vehicle is one of the last domains where a person is not fully connected," says Tim Nixon, CTO of GM's OnStar. "Next year, you'll start to see cars with an unprecedented level of connectivity, from accommodating mobile devices to having 4G-embedded connectivity that goes well beyond anything seen in the last decade."

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Research: The Emotions that Make Marketing Campaigns Go Viral

Research: The Emotions that Make Marketing Campaigns Go Viral | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
Heat maps of viral content show what compels us to share.

Via Soraia Ferreira
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When users engage with brands via content they choose, rather than content they’re given, they are more engaged with the content and the brand.

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Finally, emotions are getting recognition as a vital part of a communications strategy. 

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4 Myths of Social Media Authenticity

4 Myths of Social Media Authenticity | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
One of the great big whopping lies about social media is authenticity. Because - let's face it - there isn't much that's authentic about social media. There's lots of spin, cherry-picking, and brig...
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Few people write about the daily drudgery of their lives or the challenges of being married or a parent. A recent survey about women and dishonesty on social networks was very revealing.

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The closing gap between TV and Social Media - The Data Octopus

The closing gap between TV and Social Media - The Data Octopus | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
According to a new study from Ofcom, not only are televisions enjoying a surge in popularity but living rooms are being transformed into ‘digital hubs’. (Ah thanks @BadManMedia for your kind words!
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Television and Twitter are deeply complementary forms of media. Our users love using Twitter while tuned into television to interact with talent and participate in the live social conversation about TV. In this way, Twitter has become a live companion to the TV viewing experience for millions of people in the UK and around the world.”

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How Movies And TV Could Help You Quit Smoking Or Even Fight Illness

How Movies And TV Could Help You Quit Smoking Or Even Fight Illness | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
The media is full of bad news. But researchers have tried to prove that consuming some kinds of entertainment can create feelings of hope that can...
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A recent study published in the journal Media Psychology showed that individuals who watched underdog narratives for five minutes a day, for five consecutive days, reported feeling both more hopeful and better motivated to overcome personal obstacles.

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Understanding the brain and mind: science's final frontier? - The Conversation

Understanding the brain and mind: science's final frontier? - The Conversation | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
Understanding the brain and mind: science's final frontier?

Via Luis Valdes, Jocelyn Stoller
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One of the greatest mysteries is the process by which this extremely complicated network generates conscious awareness, perception, behaviour, and emotions. 

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | Media Psychology and Social Change | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages
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How exactly does the technology we use to read change the way we read? 

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